Aptilo and Swisscom have worked in close partnership since 2013, when Aptilo replaced a few key components in Swisscom’s Wi-Fi Core system. With the Aptilo SMP as a base, Swisscom continues to develop their advanced in-house subsystems for operator-managed guest Wi-Fi, targeting business customers in Switzerland.
The security will be further enhanced by supporting Apple’s new IMSI encryption. The IMSI is a number that uniquely identifies every user of a cellular network. It is used for automatic authentication with a secure Wi-Fi network (802.1x) using the credentials on the SIM card. The IMSI can also be used to track device movement. IMSI encryption is therefore critical to protect user privacy.
Aptilo SMP will also fully migrate into Swisscom’s virtualized environment contributing to the goal of a 33% reduction of logical nodes, claims Aptilo. At the same time Swisscom will immediately get 50% added Wi-Fi Core capacity and a flexible system easily adapted to future needs.